|When SkillsUSA was unable to secure the venue that’s hosted their annual Construction Trades Competition for the past 10 years, the Keystone+Mountain+Lakes (KML) Carpenters Apprentice Training Center in Edison, NJ volunteered to help.|
Published On: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
AUTHORED BY: TOM SOMMERS, DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH AND DEVELOPMENT, KEYSTONE+MOUNTAIN+LAKES CARPENTERS APPRENTICE TRAINING CENTER
When SkillsUSA was unable to secure the venue that’s hosted their annual Construction Trades Competition for the past 10 years, the Keystone+Mountain+Lakes (KML) Carpenters Apprentice Training Center in Edison, NJ volunteered to help.
The Edison Training Center had everything SkillsUSA was looking for in a competition location. After several planning meetings, Kevin Leary, Training Director of the Carpenters Apprentice Training Center, spearheaded the setup for the April 13, 2019 competition using blueprints provided by SkillsUSA. The organization also supplied scoring sheets for judging each student’s work.
Peter Carey, State Director of SkillsUSA, said “The event couldn’t have been better. We’ve been partnering with the Carpenter’s Union for years and it is the definition of what a partnership should be. He went on to say, “Many of our graduates are in the union so it all comes full circle to see students grow up and benefit from a career. That is the ultimate fulfillment of our goal at SkillsUSA.”
A total of 97 students from 21 vocational schools throughout New Jersey came to compete on competition day in the following categories:
- Basic Construction
- Design and Build Plywood Challenge
- Finish Carpentry
- Team Build in Shops (Electric, Plumbing, Carpentry and Masonry)
Competitions ranged from independent to team-based activities. During the day, students built a mill cabinetry bench, trims and crown molding and a small set of steps. They also competed in wall framing and a blueprint-based team building in the electrical, plumbing, carpentry and masonry categories.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, leaders and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce by helping students excel. It is a national organization serving teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. The KML Carpenters Union regularly donates their time to train students and serve as judges during SkillsUSA annual competition.